Victim of assault in Norman requests to suppress video
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Lawyers of a woman punched by University of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon are asking a judge not to publicly release video of the incident.
The Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters had been challenging the city’s decision to not release video that shows the July 2014 incident that led to Mixon’s suspension from the football team for that season, The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2gsJVT6 ) reported. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in the association’s favor on Tuesday.
Attorneys for Amelia Molitor asked a judge Thursday to suppress the release of the surveillance video, arguing that the video alone wouldn’t tell the full story. Molitor also has pending civil suits against Mixon.
”Unfortunately, if the single video of the punch is released now and to the media, the court of public opinion will receive and review evidence before a jury does. Not only could this undermine the integrity of the ongoing federal civil cases, it would also be an incomplete presentation of evidence,” her attorneys said. ”We have always believed that no young woman would want a video of herself being victimized used for media sensationalism and viewer ratings.”
Mixon entered an Alford plea in October 2014, allowing him to maintain innocence. He also apologized last month to Molitor, his teammates, coaches and fans, saying he ”reacted poorly.”
”Joe has apologized for the way he reacted that night,” Mixon’s attorney said. ”He has served the punishments handed down by the court and the university. If copies of the surveillance video are now to be released to the media, he hopes that this release will help put this matter to rest.”
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com